The Sims 3
The third game in a highly-regarded franchise, The Sims 3 allows players to create more realistic Sim people with new personalities and looks. While the bulk of the gameplay might seem to revolve around the way things look, The Sims 3 is at heart a solid strategy game, requiring players to balance many competing factors and manage resources properly to keep their families of Sims happy, well-adjusted, and active.
Frozen Synapse is a smaller, indie-size game set in a dystopian cyberpunk future that requires players to bring their strategic thinking to the table. It’s a simultaneous turn-based strategy title that asks players to issue orders to small, commando squads to win in smaller, mission-specific battles with other AI- or human-controlled squads. Orders are given in one phase, and carried out simultaneously in the next, creating an interesting cat-and-mouse dynamic. The graphics are not immersive, but fit the ethos and theme of the title perfectly.
Steam Standard Version – $24.99
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
EA’s military sci-fi real-time strategy game was released in 2007 as a direct sequel to the 1999 game, Tiberian Sun, in the previous franchise. The third installment of this series returns the game to its strategic roots, featuring three factions to play in both single player and multiplayer modes. The game includes a ton of live-action footage with well-known actors, including Battlestar Galactica alums Tricia Helfer and Grace Park, as well as Star Wars‘ Billy Dee Williams.
Darwinia is a digital theme world created for artificially intelligent polygons by Dr. Sepulveda. Thrown into the middle of a crisis situation involving the polygons and their now-threatened digital playground, players will follow assignments given by the illustrious Dr. S to save the Darwinians from a certain virus-triggered doom. The game includes a mix of genres, borrowing liberally from puzzle and god-games to inform its centrally strategic gameplay.
Mac App Store – $9.99
This game has both real-time strategy as well as space combat, with a cinematic storyline and an innovative three-dimensional playing field. Players must gather resources and research new technologies and units, building new ships and weaponry to win the game. The game can be played as a single player, or with up to 5 players online. The score, beautiful graphics, and deep-space settings provide some of the best sci-fi gameplay in a real-time strategy title yet. Aspyr has a support page on getting it to run on Intel-based Macs, but no guarantees.
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